Getting close to the Kona mantas in Hawaii is truly an experience of a lifetime. As night falls, dive operators set up giant lights on the ocean floor to attract mantas that feed off the plankton illuminated by the light mostly right in front of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Attracted by the plankton in the water, certified scuba divers on the ocean floor and snorkelers on the surface are treated to an amazing show as giant mantas glide and somersault in mesmerizing patterns. The mantas often swim within inches of scuba divers and snorkelers, always managing to avoid contact at the last second.
So do not miss this experience when visiting Kona. We did it and we loved it!
Kona Hula Girl
Kona Tiki Hotel
Bears' Place Guest House www.bearsplacekona.com
Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii
Jack’s Diving Locker
Kona Diving Company www.konadivingcompany.com
Sandwich Island Divers www.sandwichisledivers.com
Big Island Divers
Kona Honu Divers
The best time to visit the Big Island or the Hawaiian Islands in general is the off season when the best rates are available and the islands are less crowded. This is spring (mid-Apr to mid-June) and fall (Sept to mid-Dec). This is also the best season to be in Hawaii in terms of reliably great weather. If you're looking to save money, or if you just want to avoid the crowds, this is also the time to visit. Hotel rates and airfares tend to be significantly lower, and good packages are often available.
Getting to the Big Island in Hawaii is easier than ever with daily direct flights into Kona International Airport (airport code KOA). Major air carriers from Canada, the U.S. and Japan fly directly into Kona. Most of the direct flights are from the U.S. West Coast — mostly Los Angeles and San Francisco — plus Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Chicago, and internationally from Tokyo.